OMAHA, Neb. – Officials at an Omaha high school acknowledge a deaf student had his backpack stolen and vandalized, but say the student wasn’t the target of bullies.
Alex Hernandez has seen an outpouring of support since his backpack was taken last week from Burke High’s lunchroom. A computer tablet inside was stolen and the rest of its contents were dumped in a school toilet. Hernandez told several news outlets that he believed he was targeted because of his disability. Among things ruined was a battery for his cochlear implant, which allows him to hear his teachers.
The Omaha World-Herald says school administrators have determined the students who stole the backpack didn’t know it belonged to a deaf student.
The school says the tablet has been returned and the students disciplined.